We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cast iron pans? What do you think dish soap will do a cast iron pan? I've washed all my cast iron with dish soap for 50 years. I learned that from my Mom and Dad who washed theirs in soap for 50 years and they learned from their parents back another 50. I even use a Scotch Bright pad on mine every couple of years and just reseason them. No big deal at all.
Yeah. One of first things we bought when married in '55 were a 10" and a 6" cast iron skillet. Both still used several times a week. Washed by hand in dish detergent nearly every day, seasoned as needed. About the only "original equipment" still in use. Every other utensil and the every-day china have been replaced many times.
recent silk base layer clothing from the company Wintersilks...some of it goes blotchy if you soak it too long in dish soap in the sink now (which is how we used to wash it before when it was high quality). The so called "natural" silk because it's dyed now and half the thickness it used to be. Doesn't really matter for cold weather layering, but if they are tees that you also use as summer travel shirts, annoying...
The Wicked Witch of the West
Certain souvenir hand embroidered ethnic blouses with multicoloured thread from your overseas trip (sometimes some of the colours run into the cream or white blouse you bought at a tourist stand--try testing a small section at the back or somewhere that won't show if it runs)
The Sourdoughs in Alaska used to say they never washed their skillets with anything but water and sand. No soap. Consider though, these were guys that sewed themselves into their long underwear for the winter. Lodge is playing to the mystique.
I cook with cast iron all the time, and it gets washed out and scoured with mild dish soap, all the time. Hint, that black junk coming off the pan really isn't great for you. No dishwashers though.
I even learned a good trick and stick them into the oven on the self-cleaning mode, from time to time, to completely remove old seasoning that is no longer doing its job. But then I always take the time to re-season them before using. And somehow, especially when you cook with oil and follow up with wine, there is never a problem with them sticking and never a problem with them getting damaged. Cast iron is the best.
If you want to make it really great, get some wet/dry sandpaper and an air-powered sander and get it perfectly polished smooth with some 600 - 1200 grit sandpaper with lots of water. You'll be amazed. But don't be afraid of using soap for goodness sakes.
My best friend's mom used a cast iron frying pan daily and it stayed on the stove and was never washed in any way.
I brag that everything I own is wash and wear whether it is or not. I have a similar philosophy about washing with soap. I honestly have never figured out what the many different options are on my washing machine, dryer or dishwasher. There should only be one option; "ON" I also don't know how to use the fabric softener or bleach shute/thingy on the washing machine. Even the dishwasher has a option to hide the detergent or whatever in a little compartment that opens during the cycle. I just put a teaspoon into the machine and shut the door and push start.
My wife hates my theory of loading the dishwasher; Load it with minimal washing, put in the detergent, run it, open it before it starts that stupid drying cycle, air dry over night, put away everything that is clean, anything dirty stays in for another cycle. She likes to wash everything bbefore she puts it in the dishwasher.